Gavin made the 10,000th comment, so here is his reward! I hope you enjoy the story. If you notice, he even says the 10,000th comment. And yes, I used Edmund from Narnia for the pics as he totally fits as a son of Hades.
A Tale of Gavin, son of Hades
Like every day at Camp Half-Blood, the sun was shining. Gavin wished it was overcast and gloomy. The sunniness did not match his mood. He wanted revenge and he wanted it now. Jojo had made him look like a fool. She had beaten him at a duel and had stolen his belongings. No one should do that to a child of Hades. No matter how much they tried, they could not stop themselves from holding a grudge.
Gavin marched through the camp. He was headed to the Apollo cabin. Whispers swirled around him. He was bringing plenty of attention. Not because he looked cool carrying his stygian iron sword with his bow made of bones slung over his shoulder, but because two skeletons flanked him. They wore British redcoats and carried rifles with bayonets.
Mr. D strolled over to Gavin forcing him to halt. “I don’t care if you maim one of your little friends, but if you kill someone, think of all the paperwork I would have to fill out?” Mr. D rolled his eyes. “Do you promise not to kill anyone?”
“I promise,” Gavin growled.
“Good boy.” He looked at the skeletons and snapped his finger. The barrels of the rifles crunched together making the weapons useless. Mr. D walked off, talking to himself. “Hmm… I wonder if there are any little brats I can push into the lake…”
Gavin marched forward. He passed the Athena cabin where Florence and Rebecca were sitting out front. One of the Redcoats saluted Florence. Her mouth dropped open as she stared. Rebecca looked up from writing in her black notebook. She looked as if she was going to say something, but she was too terrified to.
He marched his way right up to the door of the Apollo cabin. Sunlight lit up the solid gold cabin. It was gleaming so bright that Gavin could hardly look at it. It was too happy for his likes. He knocked on the door using the hilt of his sword.
The door opened to reveal Miya. Her eyes grew big.
“Where’s Joanna?” he thundered.
“At-at… the archery range,” Miya answered. She slammed the door in his face.
Gavin looked at his skeleton friends. “Follow me, gentlemen.”
Gavin led the way to the archery range where other demigods practiced. It was easy to tell who the Apollo kids were as arrows were being split on the bull’s eye down range. It was funny that they practiced as they really did not need it.
“Everyone leave,” Gavin shouted. “I have a bone to pick with Jojo.”
The field cleared fairly quickly leaving only Jojo, Evan, and Angelina. Jojo grinned at him. Her smile was just as blinding as her cabin. Her siblings stood defensively on each side of her. They mirrored Gavin and the Redcoats.
“Leave,” Gavin repeated to Evan and Angelina.
“What do you want, Grampy Gavy?” Jojo asked, laughing.
“Or is it Grumpy Gavy?” Evan joked.
Gavin really hated that nickname. He screamed in fury and charged Jojo. The skeletons ran with him to take on the children of Apollo. Jojo notched an arrow and shot one at him with her golden bow. The arrow hit off his armor and did not stop his assault. Jojo dropped her bow. She unsheathed her half-Celestial bronze, half-steel dagger. She pushed on her sun bracelet. It expanded outwards into a golden sun shield. The rays of the sun were sharp and would cut him if he was not careful.
Gavin brought his stygian iron sword up. He jumped into the air. Jojo cover herself with the shield. Gavin came down on top of her. Using both hands, he slammed his sword down to meet her shield. She collapsed under his powerful hit.
On each side of him, the skeletons fought Evan and Angelina. The skeletons used their rifles as clubs. Evan fought them off with his knife while Angelina kept her skeleton at bay using her sword.
Gavin brought his sword down on Jojo again. At the same time she bashed with her shield. The blade of the sword caught on one of the rays. Jojo twisted the shield. The sword was ripped from his grip. The sword flew fifteen feet away. He ran after it. He dodged past the Redcoat and Evan. The skeleton had several arrows stuck between its ribcage. Gavin scooped up his sword. He pivoted to face the fight just in time to be slammed in the face by Jojo’s shield. His vision flashed black. He stumbled around. The blackness ebbed away allowing him to see once more. Jojo was gone.
“You know I’m right here?”
Gavin spun to face her. “I do,” he replied.
Frustrated, Gavin turned his sword around in his hands. He stabbed it into the ground, yelling to encourage his strength. As the tip of the sword embedded into the grass and dirt, the ground shock. A fissure opened, splitting across the whole archery field. Gavin backed away. Jojo was on the other side and she looked terrified. She must have thought he was going to throw her down into the underworld. Gavin knew his father would not be too happy with him if he did such a thing.
Gavin pointed the sword at Jojo. He could feel all the fire shoot out of the fissure. Fire raged all around Jojo. If she had been a normal mortal, she would have roasted. Apollo had blessed her to be resistant to heat. She could hold off being burned for only a while. Gavin watched as the flames took their toll. He willed the fire to return to the earth. Jojo collapsed to the ground. The grass was burned all around her except in the small spot where she had been standing.
Gavin proudly walked out to her. He kicked the knife out of her hand. He had finally gotten his revenge. It felt good, but at the same time it was not as satisfying as he thought it would be. Maybe people were right. Revenge was wrong.
Gavin held down a hand to Jojo. “Do you agree that I win?”
“Do you like rhyming?” she asked instead.
“Don’t you dare!”
Jojo winked. There was a strange tingling sensation on the tip of his tongue.
“Care to say something?” She was snickering.
Gavin turned to his skeletons who had successfully placed Evan and Angelina in a rolling cage. It was pulled by a skeleton horse.
“Put this daughter of Apollo into the cage made of cauter.”
“You’re a terrible rhymer!”
Gavin glared at her. “Go you foe.”
The Redcoats marched Jojo over to the cage and threw her in with her siblings. Gavin mounted the skeleton horse. It was time for a victory ride! He drove the cage back through camp, passing all of the cabins. Some people cheered while others scowled at him. He loved hearing his name.
“Gavin! Gavin! Gavin!”
Ashe, a daughter of Ares, walked up to him. It was not very often that he would see a look of pride on her pretty face. “You captured three? Nice work.”
Gavin nodded in reply. He really did not want to talk so that he did not sound like a fool. Jojo’s curse better where off soon, he thought.
“Would you like to sit with us tonight?”
Gavin wanted to say yes, but he could feel the rhyme forming. Ashe waited for an answer, but she was not a very patient person. Gavin opened his mouth and gave his answer while Jojo howled with laugher.
“I will say yes and I promise not to make a mess.”
Ashe looked confused. “Cool… Not that it would matter. My brothers always drive the cleaning harpies nuts. See ya tonight.”
Gavin continued all the way back to his cabin. The green fire that burned in the torches welcomed him home. He left Jojo, Evan, and Angelina in the cage. He would leave them there until Chiron came around to tell him he had to free them. In the meantime, he decided to go to the lake.
“Wait, you can’t leave us?” Jojo shouted. “Where are you going?”
“I’m taking a swim on a whim.”
Jojo laughed. Gavin stuck out his tongue and hurried off. It felt great to beat her.